Daddy, Are You Sad?
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: Daddy, Are You Sad?
Author: Lily A. Bear
Major Themes: Cancer, Faith, Illness, Leukemia
Synopsis: When a young married man is faced with a life-threatening illness, how will he and his family respond to the path God is leading them down?
I don’t particularly like to read books about people who are sick, or about death. Daddy, Are You Sad? caught my eye, however, and I found it quite encouraging and inspiring. This is a real story about real people with real struggles.
Donny and Nicole had a good life. Newly married, they were enjoying life with each other and with their four-month-old son—but lately Donny had been feeling so tired. Was it merely a bad case of flu—or was something more serious wrong? The results they received from blood work were devastating: Acute myelogenous leukemia. Was this a death sentence?
This book follows the young family through the next few years as Donny takes chemotherapy and the cancer goes into remission. Each time, some stress in his life would trigger the leukemia to come back, however, and he would have to go for treatment again. When would this end? Would he ever completely recover—or would he have a heavenly healing?
Throughout their journey, Donny struggled with the desire to live and stay with his wife and children versus the knowledge that what he wanted more than anything was to be in the center of God’s will. Nicole wavered between depression and grief, and times of faith and victory when she was able to give everything to God and trust in Him. I could identify so much with her struggles, and was challenged in my own walk with God.
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